After the Leaves Fall

After the Leaves Fall

I just finished reading After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart.  I “purchased” this book when it was free for Kindle about a year ago, and am just now getting around to reading it.  I could barely put it down once I started it, and will be purchasing the sequel shortly.  As I normally do, I purchased this book without reading the description – there are so many free books available that I just grab them and decide later if they are worth reading.  So I had no idea what the book was about before reading, which adds to the enjoyment for me. 

In this coming of age story, a young woman struggles with abandonment by her mother, the loss of her father at a too-young age, and more than her share of the hurdles many teenagers face growing up in today’s world.  What really struck me about Leaves is the poetic way the author writes.  Her style is captivating, filled with colorful descriptions that vividly paint a picture of the life the main character leads.

Some of the freebies for Kindle seem as though they are hashed together by a single author with no attempt at proofreading, so it was refreshing to read a “real” novel this time around.  I really enjoyed turning every page, looking eagerly to what happened next.  Baart obviously understands the way we work and uses that intuition to create a character that is full of depth and easy to connect with.

The ending was a little too abrupt.  I turned the page and was surprised to find nothing there.  I understand it can be difficult to segue to the next installment, but this could have been accomplished a little more smoothly.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind a book with a religious theme.